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August 20, 2018

Floods in Kerala


Floods in Kerala

As many as 845,000 people have taken shelter in 3,700 relief camps as the Southern Indian state of Kerala has been hit by its worst flooding for more than a century.

Shortages of medicine, fuel and fresh water have been reported and World Jewish Relief’s Humanitarian team is liaising closely with a range of local actors to monitor this situation very closely to determine whether we launch a humanitarian response.

More than 370 people have died since the monsoon season began in May, the majority in the past 11 days.

Kerala frequently floods during the monsoon season, but 250% more rain fell than usual in the week leading up to 15 August.

The extent of the damage will remain unclear until the floodwaters subside, but it has been reported that at least 51,000 miles of roads will need to be repaired. About 20,000 homes and almost 100,000 acres of crops are also said to have been destroyed.

If you want to support World Jewish Relief to respond to international humanitarian crises like the one being experienced in Kerala, donate to our disaster fund here.